Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Marriage and Family Therapists currently employed in Santa Maria-Santa Barbara is 240.
  • Marriage and Family Therapists in Santa Maria-Santa Barbara earn an average of $58,750 per year or $28.25 per hour.
  • The percentage of California Marriage and Family Therapists who work in Santa Maria-Santa Barbara is 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Marriage and Family Therapists who work in Santa Maria-Santa Barbara is less than 1%.

Rankings for Santa Maria-Santa Barbara

  • Ranks #13 in California for salary and #8 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #12 in California for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #55 in the nation for salary and #12 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #32 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to California

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara Marriage and Family Therapists earn an average of $58,750 or $28.25 per hour which is almost same as California average salary of $59,320.

AverageSanta Maria-Santa BarbaraCalifornia% Difference
Hourly Wage$28.25$28.52-0.95%
Annual Salary$58,750$59,320-0.96%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara Marriage and Family Therapists earn an average of $58,750 or $28.25 per hour which is 1% less than the U.S. average salary of $59,660.

AverageSanta Maria-Santa BarbaraU.S.%
Hourly Wage$28.25$28.69-1.53%
Annual Salary$58,750$59,660-1.53%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary Adjusted for Cost-of-Living

When adjusted for cost-of-living, Marriage and Family Therapists in Santa Maria-Santa Barbara earns an average annual salary of $53,399 which compares to the California average annual salary of $59,320. per year.

Cost-of-living in Santa Maria-Santa Barbara is 10% higher than the California average, which means Santa Maria-Santa Barbara residents have an overall higher cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to California average.

  • California average salary is $59,320.
  • California cost-of-living adjusted salary is $53,742.
  • Santa Maria-Santa Barbara average salary is $58,750.
  • Santa Maria-Santa Barbara cost-of-living adjusted salary is $53,399.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara$58,750110.02%$53,399
California$59,320110.38%$53,742
U.S.$59,660$59,660
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary Ranges for Education and Experience

In Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, 50% of Marriage and Family Therapists earn between $40,670 and $63,520 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Marriage and Family Therapists earn more than $95,790, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Marriage and Family Therapists.

Approximately 10% of Marriage and Family Therapists earn under $36,750, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Marriage and Family Therapists.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year24Under $36,750
15%2 – 4 years36$36,750 – $40,670
25%5 – 9 years60$40,670 – $49,750
25%10 – 14 years60$49,750 – $63,520
15%15 – 20 years36$49,750 – $95,790
10%20+ years24Above $95,790
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary Compared to Related Professions

With an average annual salary of $58,750, Santa Maria-Santa Barbara Marriage and Family Therapists tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($98,460), School Psychologists ($95,540), and Health Care Social Workers ($77,980).

However, Marriage and Family Therapists tend to earn more than Substance Abuse Counselors ($54,550), and Social Workers ($55,060).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$98,460
School Psychologists$95,540
Health Care Social Workers$77,980
Marriage and Family Therapists$58,750
Social Workers$55,060
Substance Abuse Counselors$54,550
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Santa Maria-Santa Barbara Marriage and Family Therapists

The number of Marriage and Family Therapists currently employed in Santa Maria-Santa Barbara is 240.

Marriage and Family Therapists earn an average of $58,750 per year or $28.25 per hour in Santa Maria-Santa Barbara.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Santa Maria-Santa Barbara Marriage and Family Therapists earn an average of $53,399 per year or $26 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Santa Maria-Santa Barbara are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($98,460), School Psychologists($95,540), Health Care Social Workers($77,980).


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